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This Week's #FF - Fashion Designer Cleo Schroeder of Primary New York



Name: Cleo Schroeder
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Who is your role model: Diane Von Furstenberg
What do you like most about your job: Experimentation and creation
Daily ritual: The only constants are green tea, sketching, WWD and Bloglovin
The most rewarding part of my job is: Wearing it all afterwards and meeting girls that love their primary pieces!
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? I just love it! If I didn’t there’d be no way I’d have the energy to work all day and all night!


Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: I don’t see and tell!!! Living in NY and working in fashion you meet a lot. However at a party last night Georgina Chapman (Marchesa) walked by and was an absolute vision in a full ostrich feather dress! I clearly get more excited about fashions set of celebrities.
Favourite quote: Do or Don’t do. There is no try. (Yoda)
Describe your personal style: Other than my love of high heels, I’m a total tomboy! I also wear a lot of hats…
Dream vacation spot? Maldives
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? My clothing! Seeing the collection come together each season we shoot the lookbook is just beyond.


What has been your favourite event to attend? New York Fashion week!!
Favourite Vancouver Restaurant: Every time I visit, I always go to Coast for the oysters + wild salmon.
What is your biggest indulgence? Shoes! It’s the only thing I don’t make. My newest obsession is Pierre Hardy, comfortable and chic is hard to come by.
If there was more time in the day you would: Sleep!


Favourite social network: Twitter @primary_newyork
Favourite Blog: The Glamourai /Cut blog
Where do you go for good ideas? There’s nothing better than cool-girl spotting in NYC! When style is good here, it’s REALLY good.
Last song you downloaded: Foster the People album
What are you obsessed with right now? My new super bright snakeskin clutches, (available at http://shop.primaryny.com/ ) Long back midi-skirts, color-blocking and anything sheer.

Images from the Primary New York blog.

CountDown Events loves Primary New York fashion! Thank you Cleo for being our feature this week!

P.s - We also love your snakeskin clutch collection!

This is love


We had to share these lovely images of our adorable couple by Jana Vackova.

Reem Acra Trunk Show at Blush Bridal



It’s time for another fabulous designer Trunk Show, with Blush Bridal bringing you Romona Keveza’s Fall 2012 Legends and Couture Collections. This gorgeous collection is known for refined luxury and understated elegance.

On February 18th and 19th only, Blush Bridal will feature some of the one-of-a-kind designs from this collection.

Wedding Bouquets and Boutonnieres



Like a beautiful centrepiece on dining tables the bridal bouquets are the centrepiece of the brides’ outfit. It can add a colour contrast to an all-white bridal gown or further accentuate the colour theme of your gown and wedding. It is the traditional accessory at weddings symbolizing the good luck and charm of the bride, which is why it is tossed in the air, so that the bride’s good fortunes can be taken home by someone else at the wedding.
CountDown Events would like to offer you some suggestions on how to choose the perfect accessory, not only for the bride but also for other members of the wedding party.


The Bridal Bouquet:
Bridal bouquets come in many different colours, shapes and styles. Your bridal bouquet should say who you are without having to say a word. The right bouquet for you depends on the design of your dress and the style of your wedding celebration. Whether picking a classic/traditional or a modern design, your bouquet’s colours and design can set the tone for the rest of the flowers in and around your wedding day. A small tip to carry with you as you design the bridal party flowers with your florist "keep in mind your true style; there are many new trendy designs in magazines however when selecting this small but significant design element, remember your personal taste" says Soha Lavin of CountDown Events


The Maid of Honour:
The Maid of Honour traditionally carries a slightly larger bouquet, than those of the other bridal party members.
Bridesmaids Bouquets:
The bridesmaids’ bouquets generally follow the same design as the bridal bouquet, although a little smaller and sometimes just with one or two elements such as colour or type of flower that sets them apart from the bridal bouquet. A good starting point in planning the bridesmaid bouquets will be the colour of their dresses. The bouquet colour may match their dress colour or it may be the basis of contrast. Whichever you choose their bouquets should complement your own as well as their dresses.
Mother of the bride and groom:
corsages are generally the tradition here, however these days many mothers prefer to carry their own small bouquets. These flowers are worn or carried by the mothers to indicate their importance and gratitude from the bride and groom. Your mothers’ taste and likes should be considered when picking flowers for her. It will be more sentimental, if you give them their favourite type of flowers.
Groom and Groomsmen Boutonnieres:
These boutonnieres will give life to the traditional tuxedo or suit worn by these fine gentlemen. A Groom’s boutonniere does not necessarily have to be larger than the groomsmen but it should definitely be more distinctive. Worn on the left lapel, boutonnieres are generally one or a few small blossoms such as: rosebuds, stephanotis, gardenias or orchids. Tasteful yet masculine.


Make sure to let the special people in your life know how important they are to you on your special day by giving them corsages, small bouquets and boutonnieres. A small token of your appreciation and remember whichever design or colour scheme you select be sure to have fun when choosing flowers for your wedding. After all what could be more blissful than picking flowers and seeing all of the pretty colours come to life on your special day.

Stay tuned as CountDown Events brings you more tips and suggestions on flower arrangements for the entire wedding. Follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents and our Facebook page to read our next article on the wonderful world of weddings.

This Week's #FF - Tracy Szram of Beauty Reflections



Name: Tracy Szram

Occupation(s): Well I don't get paid for it but blogging for Beauty Reflections
What do you like most about your job: Testing out and writing about makeup and skin care! I used to be a science tech so I still get to do experiments every day!
Daily ritual: Got t start the morning wtih my Nespresso Machine. Best coffee ever
The most rewarding part of my job is: When someone gets a product I love and likes it too. I love helping people.


What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? Perseverance and don't be afraid to write in your own voice.
Describe your personal style: I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. I love lace up oxfords! That's about as fancy as I get.
Dream vacation spot? Disneyland! I am a big kid at heart.

What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? The eyes! I love taking pictures of the eyes.
What is your biggest indulgence: I have a tiny piece of chocolate every day. Keeps me sane.
Favourite social network: Twitter. I love Twitter and have made some great friends on it.
Favourite Blog: Beauty Geeks

Last song you downloaded: Why by Bronski Beat. Reliving the 80's lately!
What are you obsessed with right now? ZUMBA! Tried it and love it.

Thank you Tracy for being our #FF of the week, be sure to connect with Tracy on her website at Beauty Reflections and be sure to follow us on twitter @CountDownEvents to view other upcoming fabulous #FF’s.

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